June 28, 2013 |
Matthew Morrison -- a.k.a. hunky Mr. Schue on "Glee" -- has presented an engagement ring to his girlfriend of about two years, model Renee Puente. The engagement was announced Thursday night by none other than Elton John, assisted by partner David Furnish, from the stage at the White Tie and Tiara Ball in London, E! reports. Then Chris Martin of Coldplay joined John to serenade the couple with "This is Your Song. " [E Online] "I'm going to marry my best friend," the truly gleeful Morrison tweeted Friday morning.
April 24, 2013 |
WEST, Texas - A week after a fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 residents, injured more than 150 others and leveled scores of homes, one emotion is notably absent here among citizens and officials alike: outrage. "Water under the bridge," said Steve Vanek, West's mayor pro-tem, referring to decisions that allowed homes and schools to be built near the plant. "It was an accident, and accidents do happen," said Jean Smith, 66, whose home lost most of its roof and sustained structural damage.
April 18, 2013 |
The blast at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant on Wednesday night was so massive that investigators believe it probably involved a significant amount of ammonium nitrate, a chemical that some scientists say should be regulated as an explosive. In a report filed with the Texas Department of State Health Services on Feb. 26, West Fertilizer Co. said that it had up to 270 tons of ammonium nitrate at its facility, along with up to 100,000 pounds of liquid ammonia. The exact amounts on hand at the plant are not yet known, officials said.
July 29, 2010 |
A powerful explosion caused by a broken gas pipeline killed at least 12 people Wednesday, injured about 300 and flattened hundreds of buildings in eastern China in the latest in a series of troubling industrial accidents. The blast occurred at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at a plastics factory in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province. State news media reported that the explosion occurred when workers at the factory dug into a nearby propylene pipeline. The blast was so strong that many residents mistook it for an earthquake.
February 19, 2008 |
Thunderous explosions rocked an oil refinery in Big Spring, injuring four workers and shaking buildings miles away. The blast at Alon USA Energy Inc. sent black smoke billowing and forced the closure of schools and an interstate. Fires caused by the blast were under control but still burning in the afternoon. The company was waiting for access to the site to investigate the cause of the explosion. The refinery was shut down. One employee was hospitalized for burns, and the others were treated and released, said company spokesman Blake Lewis.
February 15, 2008 |
Firefighters finally doused the last flames of a deadly sugar refinery blast, a week after the Port Wentworth refinery ignited. An eighth victim badly burned in the explosion died in a hospital. At least one worker remained missing. Sugar dust is thought to be the cause of the Feb. 7 blast. Emergency crews were able to snuff out the fire at the plant's main building, but the blaze continued at the refinery's 80-foot silos, where thick masses of molten sugar still smoldered.